COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

ELE4NET

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students study network architecture (the OSI 7 layer model and TCP/IP protocol architecture), serial communication standards, termination of signal lines, the data link layer (HDLC and LAPB), the network or packet layer in X.25, routing techniques in computer communication networks, least cost algorithms for routing, flow control, error control, local area networks and wide area networks.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSong Wang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE3CMN or ELE5FCM or Admission into SMTNE or SMELE or LMEM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsData and computer communicationsPrescribedStallings, W 20119TH EDN, PRENTICE HALL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe various layers within network architectures

Activities:
Lectures 1 and 2 are on the layered structure of the OSI model and TCP/IP architecture.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Describe serial communication standards and peer-to-peer communications

Activities:
Lectures 3, 5, 6 are on data transmission, signal encoding and digital data communication techniques.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

03. Explain fundamental principles and measure performance requirements in protocol and network design

Activities:
Lectures 4, 7 are signal encoding and multiplexing. Labs 1 and 2 and Assignments 1 and 2 have tasks about protocol and network design principles and performance requirements.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

04. Explain routing algorithms and important protocols

Activities:
Lectures 9,11,12 are on routing techniques and algorithms as well as internet and transport protocols. Assignment 3 requires students to apply different routing algorithms to determine least-cost paths.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

05. Describe various types of WANs and LANs

Activities:
Lectures 8, 10 are on circuit and packet switching networks and LAN architecture
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

06. Evaluate and analyse different network topologies and routing configurations

Activities:
Labs 3 and 4 requires students to construct and analyse a number of network scenarios with routers.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSong Wang

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Max class size increased to 50"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Max class size increased to 100"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
laboratory work20 02, 04, 06
one 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a minimum 40% mark in the examination is mandatory.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assignments20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05